The Coventry City Former Players Association is pleased to announce that our former Sky Blue striker Paul Culpin will be CCFPA’s ‘special guest’ at Friday night’s Sky Blues home game against Burton Albion at the Ricoh (8th March 2018). Why not join ‘Cully’ under floodlights to give the Sky Blues a great ‘Ricoh Roar’ as they bid to extend their unbeaten run to six games?
Initially an apprentice with Leicester City and also an England semi-professional international, ‘Cully’ signed for CCFC from local non-league side Nuneaton Borough (where he had been a prolific scorer and is in their ‘Hall of Fame’) in summer 1985.
Paul netted twice in twelve first team appearances for the Sky Blues. Though he didn’t play at Wembley (being cover for fellow CCFPA members Keith Houchen and the late Cyrille Regis) one of the highlights of his career was being part of that squad and walking on to the hallowed turf with the Cup Final team to the acclaim of the Sky Blue hordes.
Paul moved on to Northampton Town in 1987 where he was a regular scorer over two seasons. After spells with Peterborough United, Barnet, Hereford United and Christchurch United (New Zealand), Paul returned to his non league roots with Nuneaton and still lives locally’.
As it is a floodlit game there will be no Family Zone so the first chance Sky Blues supporters will have to meet Paul is when former Sky Blue defender, now club host and our member Brian ‘Harry’ Roberts will be escorting him around the Ricoh’s supporter’s lounges for brief Q&A’s before the game begins. Post-match CCFPA’s Billy Bell will be entertaining fans and ‘Cully’ from the stage of Lady Gs underneath the Ricoh as they chew over the performance of the Sky Blues in a game which could reignite CCFC’s play-off hopes.
If you really can’t make the game Paul will also be assisting BBC CWR’s commentary team from the Ricoh Press Box in making sense of the match as it unfolds so you can tune in to listen to him on the airwaves.
‘Cully’ is a frequent Ricoh match-day visitor and regular supporter of all the CCFPA’s major reunions, attending both our Legends Days and Golf Days. He has already confirmed for Legends Day 2019 on March 23rd. We look forward to meeting him again on Friday night and hope he watches a win with us all!